Additionally, the Tomlinson Report's statistics underpinning the Government proposals for London have been widely discredited. Professor Brian Jarman has refuted the questionable data suggesting that London is overbedded, demonstrating that London has no more beds than the national average, but actually fewer than other urban cities, despite the unique and increased needs of the capital. The stipulation that London is disproportionately resourced at the expense of the rest of the country is equally invalid, with current figures showing that London is actually funded less per capita than the national average.
Even the Kings Fund, the independent healthcare think-tank which originally inspired the Government's proposals for London's health services, has called for a moratorium on any hospital and bed closures in London for at least five years. Of course change is both inescapable and necessary. But it needs to take place over a timescale worthy of the complexity of the capital after an informed debate with a consensus view.
Honeypot Medical Centre
10 AprilReuse content